This page will look at mental health issues and present articles on a range of topics dedicated to topics associated with mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
It will also invite reader’s questions and provide ideas on how we can look after ourselves and each other during this time of enormous change.
Using a critical cultural lens, Dr. Anni will also uncover some of the history surrounding the development of western approaches to psychology and counselling and of some of the ways that traditional societies throughout the world are contributing to the development of culturally sensitive counselling practices and community work.
As a practitioner and researcher, Dr. Anni is interested in how traditional cultures throughout the world have used storytelling, not only to impart knowledge and create meaning from experience but to support emotional wellbeing. She will also discuss how these ancient traditions have contributed to the development of contemporary narrative approaches to therapy and community work that look at the development of ‘problems’ in an historical, social and cultural context.
Using ‘narrative’ frameworks, many communities throughout the world, including many in Africa, are supporting people who are experiencing problems and at the same time, de-constructing the narratives of deficit associated with colonisation. This leads to what Makungu Akinyela described in 2002 as developing a more positive self-account based on a ‘de-colonising identity stories’,
This page will welcome contributions, comments and stories on mental health and
On this page will look at the types of things that support feelings that could be associated with depression, anxieties and addictions, and also look at ways of thinking, feeling and being that support good emotional health and wellbeing.